UMKC dedicates Health Sciences building

From left, Kent Sunderland of The Sunderland Foundation, Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt and UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey celebrate the dedication of the Health Sciences building
From left, Kent Sunderland of The Sunderland Foundation, Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt and UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey celebrate the dedication of the Health Sciences building.

Gov. Matt Blunt joined the University of Missouri-Kansas City community Friday, Sept. 21 to celebrate the opening of the $50.2 million UMKC Health Sciences Building, which houses the School of Pharmacy and School of Nursing and features state-of-the-art lecture halls, classrooms, simulation labs and other high-quality, interactive learning environments. The five-story structure represents one of several capital projects realized by the $200 million Your UMKC campaign. The governor addressed approximately 300 guests. UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey, UM Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven Graham, UMKC campaign co-chairs Terry and Peggy Dunn, a representative from the Hall Family Foundation and two students also spoke at the event. Sens. Yvonne Wilson (D-Kansas City) and Luann Ridgeway (R-Smithville) and Reps. Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) and Mike Talboy (D-Kansas City) attended.
UMKC secured financial support for the Health Sciences building from federal, state and private donors, such as the Hall Family Foundation, the Lester T. Sunderland Foundation and Express Scripts.

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President signs Reconciliation Bill

President George W. Bush has signed into law H.R. 2669, the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007. The bill includes cuts to student loan subsidies, primarily through a reduction in lender special allowance payments, which will result in an increase in student aid benefits, including Pell Grants to the neediest students. Other provisions include debt-forgiveness programs for public-sector employees who have loans from the Education Department's direct loan program and a $752 million allocation by Congress for deficit reduction as required by the FY08 budget resolution. Despite early threats of a possible veto, the president signed the bill Sept 27. Visit http://thomas.loc.gov and search for bill HR 2669 to view the complete bill.

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UM expands emergency notification capabilities

UM campuses expanded their emergency notification capabilities through a new partnership with 3n (National Notification Network), the leading mass notification system provider.

The University and 3n announced Monday, Sept. 24 that the 3n InstaCom Campus Alert system has been selected to automate emergency communications with students, faculty, staff and administration. This will allow the University to communicate quickly and reliably in any situation. The 3n system notifies message recipients via phone, e-mail, text messaging, instant messaging, pager, fax and BlackBerry devices.

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Lawmakers, public enjoy South Farm Showcase at MU
UM Interim President Gordon Lamb (right) and his wife Nancy join Rep. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) and other guests for the South Farm Showcase Sept. 29 in Columbia.
UM Interim President Gordon Lamb (right) and his wife Nancy join Rep. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) and other guests for the South Farm Showcase Sept. 29 in Columbia.

The MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources hosted the second annual South Farm Showcase field day Saturday, Sept. 29 at the center located just south of Columbia. A highlight was a progress update on Discovery Ridge, as well as presentations on lawn care and gardening, pests and insects, water quality, alternative fuels and the weather. Lawmakers who attended included House Speaker Rod Jetton (R-Marble Hill) and Reps. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown), Paul Quinn (D-Monroe City) and Judy Baker (D-Columbia).
MU's South Farm includes commodity-specific research farms for swine, beef, sheep and horses, as well as research facilities for turf grasses, poultry, entomology, agriculture engineering and the Missouri Foundation Seed program.

Sen. Bond attends MU nanotechnology event
Sen. Bond at MU´s nanotechnology symposium.
Sen. Bond at MU´s nanotechnology symposium.

U.S. Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond (R) addressed the audience for a symposium on nanotechnology Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center at MU. Bond lauded the University for its progress in the nanotechnology field and updated the group on funding initiatives to support the research.

UMKC hosts legislative luncheon
Sen. Yvonne Wilson (D-Kansas City) and UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey at the UMKC legislative luncheon.
Sen. Yvonne Wilson (D-Kansas City) and UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey at the UMKC legislative luncheon.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City Board of Trustees hosted a luncheon for area legislators Thursday, Sept. 20 in Pierson Auditorium at the University Center. State Auditor Susan Montee, Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser, Speaker Pro Tem Bryan Pratt (R-Blue Springs), Sens. Yvonne Wilson (D-Kansas City), Jolie Justus (D-Kansas City) and Luann Ridgeway (R-Smithville) and Rep. John Burnett (D-Kansas City) attended the event, as well as Trustee Scholarship recipients and faculty, staff and administrators. The program included remarks by UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey, Board of Trustees Chair Leo Morton and Board of Trustees Vice Chair Pat McLarney, who leads the Board's legislative activities. The luncheon was a featured part of Celebrate UMKC, which included the campus convocation and other events. Click here for additional photos.

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